Wickr Me, the free encrypted messaging app owned by Amazon Internet Companies, is shutting down on December thirty first, 2023. In a put up on its web site, Wickr says the app will cease accepting new person registrations on December thirty first, 2022 earlier than going away utterly subsequent yr.
AWS acquired Wickr final yr and began packaging the paid model of the safe messaging app inside its choices for companies. This model of the app, Wickr AWS, isn’t going away, and neither is Wickr Enterprise. The shutdown solely impacts the consumer-facing Wickr Me, which is commonly utilized by journalists, whistleblowers, and anybody seeking to maintain their messages away from prying eyes.
Nonetheless, latest reviews recommend the app has turn out to be an outlet for criminals, with NBC Information reporting in June that the app is “a go-to vacation spot” for individuals who need to share photos of kid intercourse abuse. It’s additionally been implicated up to now as a hub for drug sellers who’ve been compelled off the darkish net.
“After cautious consideration, we might be concentrating Wickr’s concentrate on securing our enterprise and public sector prospects’ knowledge and communications with AWS Wickr and Wickr Enterprise, and have determined to discontinue our client product, Wickr Me,” the put up reads. “We additionally notice that a few of our enterprise and public sector prospects use Wickr to speak with particular person customers exterior their community. We’re specializing in enabling this in AWS Wickr too.”